O'Neil to the rescue

Crusaders rally from 9-2 deficit, but senior gets the game-winner in triple OT

May 08, 2010|By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun

Boys' Latin senior attackman Kevin O'Neil puts the Lakers' regular-season game against longtime rival St. Paul's right near the top with only the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association playoffs ahead on the list.

Friday at Boys' Latin, in front of an overflow crowd at Smith Field, another layer was added to the special game and it was O'Neil who provided its most special moment.

Finding just enough time and space in tight quarters on the right side, O'Neil fired a shot past St. Paul's junior goalie Gunner Waldt in the opening minute of the third overtime to give the No. 3 Lakers a thrilling 11-10 win over the No. 2 Crusaders.

Boys' Latin improves to 14-3 overall and 10-2 atop the MIAA A Conference's Red Division, while St. Paul's falls to 12-4, still holding on to first place in the league's Black Division at 9-3.

The Crusaders rallied from a 9-2 deficit early in the third quarter, tying the game at 10 on senior Jeff Fountain's goal with 32 seconds left in regulation. After two scoreless four-minute overtimes, O'Neil came to the rescue for the Lakers after a short pass from Taylor Stothoff.

"Taylor fed me, and I had some time and I canned it," O'Neil said. "Every year, this is the biggest game of the regular season for us. The rivalry goes back so far. The Boys' Latin and St. Paul's communities both love this. It's awesome, and it's great to play in it."

In the first half, the home team dominated the draws behind senior R.G. Keenan, scooped up all the ground balls and crisply executed its attack with Patrick Foster (three goals, two assists) and Wells Stanwick (two goals, three assists) leading the way to build a seemingly comfortable 9-2 advantage with 9:27 to play in the third quarter.

But the Crusaders kept their poise and methodically chipped away at the deficit. After cutting the lead to 9-5 with 1:20 to play in the third quarter, Stanwick ended the visitors' run, scoring a goal with 12 seconds left. But Jay Carlson quickly answered, scoring with five seconds left in the quarter to take back the momentum going into the fourth quarter.

Goals by Andrew Barton (three goals), Taylor Michel (two goals) and long pole defenseman Alec Mitchell after a long run with the ball set up Fountain's tying goal.

"We've got a great group of kids, and they showed a lot of character. We only played a half of good lacrosse and that's not enough in a big game, but I'm proud of how my kids came back," St. Paul's coach Rick Brocato said.

The Lakers played without senior defensemen Michael Kantz, Garrett Steele, Patrick Steele and senior midfielder Brennan Kimball because of "school-related issues," Boys' Latin coach Bob Shriver said. He said it had not been determined whether the players would return to the team.

glenn.graham@baltsun.com

Goals: SP—Barton 3, Michel 2, Carlson, Chay, Fountain, Mitchell, Parks; BL—Foster 3, Jarvis 2, O'Neil 2, Stanwick 2, Chase, Pyke. Assists: SP—Powderly 2, Carlson, Gutberlet; BL—Stanwick 3, Foster 2, O'Neil, Stothoff. Saves: SP—Waldt 10; BL—Guarino 11.Half: BL, 8-2.

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